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Abby Powell is a native of Northeastern Massachusetts who splits her time between commuting into Boston for work and caring for and riding her rescue Mustang x Arab mare, Maggie.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Plan Your Season Around Jockey Club TIP Events

Giving an ex-racehorse a second career and creating a partnership with them is reward enough, but The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) makes it even sweeter by rewarding high-performing OTTBs with prizes and swag — and who doesn’t love that?

Last month the program announced that they are offering awards and classes in multiple disciplines at more than 1,300 shows in 42 states and six Canadian provinces in 2019. If you haven’t already checked out their calendar of shows, you definitely need too. Its search functionality is very dynamic and enables you to narrow your search down by discipline, location, month and classes/awards so if you’ve been dreaming about taking home one of those beautiful green and purple ribbons it’s easier than ever to plan out your show season based on TIP events!

Don’t have an OTTB to compete with for TIP awards? Well … let’s change that! Here are three great prospects currently available:

Final Tale. Photo via CANTER PA.

Final Tale (TALE OF EKATI – FIN DASHER, BY SEA WALL): 2013 15.2-hand Pennsylvania-bred mare

This little lady is being offered at a bargain-bin price through no fault of her own — she’s just priced to move. Final Tale has a very old scar above her left knee, but is retiring from racing sound and with no known vices after 27 starts and $37,340 in winnings. This mare has the potential to be a versatile rocket type and shouldn’t have any limitations going into a second career.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Final Tale on CANTER PA.

Indivisible. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Indivisible (COURAGEOUS CAT – BRUSHME ON, BY BRUSHED ON): 2015 15.2-hand New York-bred gelding

This four-year-old definitely has that still-growing gawky teenage look when he’s standing still, but holy cow, look at this trot! “Benny” definitely has the movement and will be a lovely prospect, he just needs to grow himself into himself a bit more. With only four career starts under his girth, he’s still a relatively blank slate with low wear-and-tear.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Indivisible on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Tommy’s Cat. Photo via Friend’s of Ferdinand.

Tommy’s Cat (CHECKLIST – CAT TEEZER, BY CAT THIEF): 2012 16.1-hand Indiana-bred gelding

Tommy was only lightly raced just as a three- and four-year-old and after only four starts it was very clear to his owners that he wasn’t meant to be a racehorse. He’s since spent some quality time just hanging out and relaxing at his owner’s farm before joining the Friends of Ferdinand program where they have taken the time to begin restarting him from the ground up. The Friends of Ferdinand staff can see that he’s a smart guy with lot’s of potential.

Located in Dayton, Ohio.

View Tommy’s Cat on Friends of Ferdinand.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: It’s Our Chance to Help Out ‘HorsePesterer’ David Frechette

David Frechette, a.k.a. HorsePesterer, has uploaded 13,698 eventing videos (and counting) to YouTube since 2010 and garnered almost 2 million views. We often share David’s videos here on EN, referring to him as the Patron Saint of Eventing for a reason. As we all know, watching video can be immensely educational. Whether David has filmed you, your friends, or your favorite riders, there’s no denying the service that he’s done for our sport — filming at many, many events and other educational activities, such as the Eventing 25 training camps.

Now it’s our chance to give a little back to someone who has given so much to our sport. David’s camcorder is starting to lose some of its functionality and will need to be replaced, and he has humbly sent up a GoFundMe for anyone interested in contributing towards new equipment. Any extra money raised beyond what he needs will be put towards Amanda Gardiner’s fundraising to go to NAYC in Montana. Anything raised beyond Amanda’s needs will be given out as prize money at events.

New camcorder: $6,000. Service to the sport: Priceless.

 

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Downright idyllic. Photo by Abby Powell.

This week I’ve gotten to check something off my eventing bucket list: I’ve now experienced Aiken! Granted, it’s only been for a couple days, but I think I’ve gotten a good taste of what it’s all about down here and I’ve certainly worked by butt off (and loved it) while I’ve been here. Not being from Area II and never having gone south before it’s really mind-boggling to be in a place where eventing is so concentrated in one area.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Jonty Evans jumps for first time since cross-country accident

FEI Olympic Qualifications Focus on Horse Welfare

Olympic legend to train racehorse alongside eventing career

Working Up Poor Performance in English Sport Horses

Attend the Richard Jeffery Show Jumping Seminar at Carolina International

Hot Take: Letting Your Green Horse Refuse Jumps Can Actually Pay Off Later

Saturday Video:

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Second Stride Edition

Photo via Second Stride.

In this week’s edition of OTTB Wishlist presented by our friends at Cosequin Equine, we’re taking a moment to get to know Second Stride, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. 

Second Stride was founded in 2005 by Kim Smith, who also serves as the organization’s Executive Director, who saw a need for a non-profit racehorse retirement organization in the Bluegrass state that made it easy for owners and trainers to retire their horses from racing safely. 

“The Thoroughbred racing industry makes Kentucky a large amount of revenue, but the number of horses that retire is significant,” says Whitney Drury, an employee of Second Stride. “Kim had a vision and Second Stride grew from her small boarding facility at Moserwood Farm in Prospect, Kentucky.”

Second Stride prides itself on providing ex-racers with the soft landing and expert training that they need in order to transition successfully into a second or, in the case of former broodmares, third career. For those wishing to retire their horses there is no donation fee required and no age limit or soundness requisite for horses to be accepted. The organization carries a large overhead and runs on donations caring for an average of 15 horses each month. They placed 116 horses in 2018 and were the most represented aftercare organization at last year’s Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover.

Of course Second Stride has a number of wonderful horses available, but here are three in particular who could be your next event partner: 

Five Senses. Photo via Second Stride.

Five Senses (STREET SENSE – SUPREME MAKER, BY EMPIRE MAKER): 2016 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred filly

Despite being very well bred, Five Senses’ connections could tell after her very first start, in which she finished at the back of the pack, that she just wasn’t going to be successful on the track. Whether it was that she would just be too slow or lacked the desire to race, she was retired soundly after that one start. Five Senses is 2019 RRP eligible and could potentially be an amateur-friendly prospect as her under saddle video shows a relaxed attitude. She does have an old splint that doesn’t bother her, but otherwise her veterinary exam upon arrival at Second Stride was normal.

View Five Senses on Second Stride.

Belle Ame. Photo via Second Stride.

Belle Ame (EVEN THE SCORE – LILLY IN DISGUISE, BY GILDED TIME): 2015 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred filly

Belle Ame is unraced but does have published workouts with the last being in June 2018 which makes her 2019 RRP eligible. Her vet exam upon arrival at Second Stride was clean. This mare has a solid build and a nice sloping shoulder, plus she’s forward-thinking yet has a good brain. She has bravely popped over a small jump under saddle and was pretty pleased with herself afterward!

View Belle Ame on Second Stride.

The Buckeye Kid. Photo via Second Stride.

The Buckeye Kid (WILKO – RELAXER, BY RELAUNCH): 2011 15.3-hand Indiana-bred gelding

This little gelding seems like a big-hearted fellow. The Buckeye Kid is a relatively new addition to Second Stride and was given a clean vet exam when he arrived. He’s proving to be a  kind, people-oriented horse who loves attention and is good with other horses too. The Buckeye Kid started in 13 races and won three before being given some time off through no fault of his own. His last race was in March 2018.

View The Buckeye Kid on Second Stride.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Do the Blanket Cha-Cha Slide

In case you needed a laugh… watch this with sound 😂 #ZoomdancestomusicEdit: since this is getting shared outside my friend group, if you want to see more of Zoom and all his friends follow my Instagram! @stayingfast

Posted by Haydn Morsa on Saturday, February 2, 2019

We all know some horses have some real opinions on wearing blankets and this video of one horse’s blanket temper tantrum turned music video should bring a smile to your face on this Monday afternoon. Sound ON!

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Spread love, not germs. Photo via Facebook.

Sorry to sound like your mother, but I hope y’all are taking cold and flu season very seriously and are washing your hands and covering your nasty coughs and sneezes. I don’t know exactly what I managed to catch, but it really knocked me out and left me miserable and my horse unridden for the better part of this week.

Speaking of flu, equine influenza is wreaking some havoc across the pond as several cases have sprung up in a racing stable and a number of events, including non-racing, are being cancelled as a precaution. Always keep in mind some of these practical biosecurity measures and don’t forget to schedule spring shots!

National Holiday: NATIONAL PIZZA DAY and yes, there are a couple of national chains offering up special deals for the occasion. Eat up, my pizza-loving friends.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Full Gallop February H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

FEI Issues Guidelines on Equine Influenza Outbreak

Upstage (1991-2019)

Lessons from Leslie Law: Tips From the Eventing 18 Training Session

No Magic Tricks Here, Only Disciplined Riding With Isabell Werth

Hoof Conformation, Balance, and Hind-Limb Lameness in Horses

Learn from the best: Richard Waygood’s tips for showjumping and cross-country riding success

PODCAST: Preparing For Your First Event

Saturday Video: Just a couple of BFFS!

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Posted by Life With Horses on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nupafeed® USA is based in warm, sunny FL so we often think of our customers up north with the freezing temps and snow. Do any of these look familiar to you guys??? Courtesy of The Idea of Order.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Special Someone

Valentine’s Day is next week — do you have a special someone to spend it with? No? Well, don’t worry, an evening at the barn with your horse is a perfectly acceptable way to spend Valentine’s Day amongst equestrians. Heck, even if you do have a significant other, hopefully they know by now that that’s where you’d prefer to be anyway!

Perhaps you’re looking to add a new special someone to your life? Here are three OTTBs who would love to be your Valentine:

Saham. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Saham (LEMON DROP KID – TEXAS KITTY, BY FOREST WILDCAT): 2012 15.3-hand Pennsylvania-bred gelding

Saham enjoys eating hay, taking afternoon naps, and getting his hair done. He’s looking for a partner to help him be as successful in a new career as he was in his last. Saham raced in Graded Stakes races and earned $283,501 in 21 starts. While being very competitive and athletic, he’s also an absolute gentleman and is very easy-going on the ground. Under saddle, he’s forward but not hot and seems to enjoy learning how to be a riding horse.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Saham on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

What a Hotty. Photo via CANTER CA.

What a Hotty (FLAME THROWER – MISSBEHAVIN IHAINT, BY HAINT): 2011 16.1-hand California-bred gelding

This handsome fellow has a really nice uphill build and a super unique liver chestnut and flaxen coloring that is sure to turn heads. What a Hotty was running decently well, but he did injure a suspensory and is six weeks into lay up. His owners are willing to share all veterinary records and with a proper rehab he should be ready to excel in a second career. His connections say he has a winning personality and is a real old soul.

Located in Berkeley, California.

View What a Hotty on CANTER California.

Naval Commission. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Naval Commission (FIELD COMMISSION – RIVERY, BY RIVERMAN): 2014 15.3-hand Florida-bred mare

“Navy” is an absolute sweetheart who retired sound, has no vices, and is totally ready to put her best foot forward in a new career. The crew at New Vocations have noticed that she responds very well to verbal praise and reassurance as well as a gentle hand. Navy has an excellent work ethic and is forward thinking. With her aim-to-please attitude and quiet personality, she seems like a great 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover prospect!

Located in Xenia, Ohio.

View Naval Commission on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: #HorsesChangedMyLife

Our 2019 Super Bowl Commercial. Horses changed our lives. Have they changed yours? Share with us and tag #HorsesChangedMyLife.Special thanks to PM Advertising

Posted by WinStar Farm on Friday, February 1, 2019

The Budweiser Clydesdales weren’t the only horses to make an appearance in a Super Bowl commercial last night. WinStar Farm, co-owners of Triple Crown Winner Justify, have done Super Bowl commercials in the past promoting their business, but this one which aired locally in Kentucky yesterday, highlights the horse industry and the power of these creatures that we love so much.

WinStar is calling upon everyone to use the hashtag #HorsesChangedMyLife and tell the world how equines have enriched their lives. The Twitterverse has responded:

How have horses changed your life, Eventing Nation?

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Photo via Faceboock.

Well, the horses and the Groundhog agree this year! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow yesterday morning, predicting an early spring. Here’s hoping he’s right and the ponies shed out quickly!

National Holiday: National Women Physicians Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Results]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs H.T. [Website] [Results]

Sunday Links:

9 checks all riders should make before the start of the eventing season

Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Distracting Distractions

The Humans And Horses Of The Palm Beach Masters

‘You’re not alone’: rider who suffered constant pain wants to help others

Study: Horses Can Smile … in Their Own Way

Tips Look Your Best in Riding Breeches

Sunday Video:

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Just in case you need a little more winter goals motivation, here we have Ingrid Klimke looking downright magical on a dapple grey in the snow. Bridleless. Go #BeLikeIngrid and enjoy your horses in the snow (if you have it) this weekend! If you don’t have snow then seriously, you have no excuse not to get out there and have some fun!

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U.S. Weekend Action:

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Results]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

Gone Away! Techniques for Galloping Safely

Finding the Fultons: How One Three-Day Event Shaped their Strides to Advanced

Only one UK venue in 2019 Event Rider Masters series

Positron Emission Tomography Performed on Standing Horse for First Time

Welfare warning after huge piles of cake dumped in horses’ field

How Can I Get my Picky-Eater Sport Horse to Eat Enough Calories? (Editor’s note: Not by adding cake, per above.)

Saturday Video: 

Nupafeed® Supplements are now available for DOGS! Yep! That’s right you can get the same great results you have come to expect from our horse products for your dog! Check out what Nupafeed® has to offer your canine friends as well as your horses at nupafeedusa.com

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Hey Now, Jon Holling is an MMSC All-Star

Jon Holling riding Ragtime Rebel for the first time. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Last month the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) announced the creation of the MMSC All-Star Program, an initiative conceived by eventing legend Dorothy Crowell. The All-Star Program aims to “re-establish the Thoroughbred horse as the premier international level competitor in equestrian sport” and plans to do so pairing promising ex-racehorses with some of the top equestrians in the country.

Dorothy reached out to Jonathan Holling, who was intrigued by her idea and ventured to MMSC in Kentucky to try a few horses. Jon picked out Ragtime Rebel, a 2014 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding, adopted him and has set up the Rebel Restart Syndicate. We’re looking forward to following Rebel’s journey and seeing what these two achieve together.

Interested in creating an All-Star Team? Direct inquiries to [email protected]. While the All-Program is geared towards noted industry professionals, you don’t have to be a big-name rider to adopt a horse from MMSC to be your very own all-star. Here are three great prospects available now:

Tiger’s Tip. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Tiger’s Tip (CONGRATS – BERBATIM, BY BERNSTEIN): 2015 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Don’t let the western tack fool you — Tiger’s Tip definitely has the making of a sport horse prospect and MMSC has videos of him lunging over jumps and schooling in English gear to prove it! Tiger has a very short and unsuccessful race career, earning a measly $43 in a grand total of three races, but he sure seems be taking to being a riding horse rather nicely. His nice uphill build and the boldness he shows in lunging over logs and coops appear to lend him nicely for an event horse career.

View Tiger’s Tip on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

War of Ideas. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat

War of Ideas (WAR FRONT – HIGHTAP, BY TAPIT): 2013 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

War of Ideas goes by the name “Warrior” around the barn and it’s a fitting name after all this handsome gelding has been through. He was retired after four starts and almost $57,000 in earnings after a knee injury and a guttural pouch infection. His owners didn’t want to incur the expense of treating him, but Dr. Liz Barrett of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute saw something in him and offered to pay for his veterinary expenses if MMSC would take him on. Since then the infection has cleared, his knee has stabilized, and he has begun retraining. We’ve featured Warrior in a previous edition of OTTB Wishlist and since then he’s been started over fences and looks to be having a grand time!

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View War of Ideas on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Kid From New York. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Kid From New York (DIALED IN – LOOK WHO’S RITZY, BY FIRST SAMURAI): 2014 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Kid From New York is a serious head-turner and he’s perpetually dressed to impress with that shiny black coat. Kid is turning into an elegant athlete and has a great attitude to go along with his good work ethic. He’s the kind of horse who’s up for a challenge and tackles everything with a sense of humor. Kid’s flatwork is coming along nicely and he’s keen to the jumps as well.

View Kid From New York on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Gemma Tattersall’s Rideability Exercise for All Levels

Winter is a wonderful time to work on the basics — with seasoned campaigners and green horses alike. You might think that training exercises for a green-bean versus a five-star runner-up might differ greatly, but that’s not necessarily the case — at least in British Olympian Gemma Tattersall‘s yard.

Gemma posted the above video of herself and Pau 2018 runner-up Pamero 4 skipping over a fun gymnastic exercise and working on improving Pamero’s rideability. The video was a hit, garnering over 14,000 views on Gemma’s Instagram, so she followed it up with a video of her working student Hannah Lavender riding a very green horse over the same exercise to show that anyone can do this exercise, regardless of the horse’s level. Hannah’s instruction from Gemma was to have the horse trot to every fence to teach the horse to wait and think about her footwork:

Gemma also shared a third video to show that the exercise can be ridden in the opposite direction as well. This is Gemma on one of her showjumpers who is very keen to the jumps and needs to work on staying relaxed and waiting:

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo by Abby Powell.

This picture was taken at 5:17 PM yesterday. You know what that means? It wasn’t pitch black by the time I got to the barn after work yesterday! Winter is about small victories – and this is one of them.

National Holiday: National Seed Swap Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Saturday Links:

An Unexpected Gift After The Woolsey Fire

Going Their Separate Ways? FEI Opens Bid Process for Individual 2022 FEI World Championships

PODCAST: Updates from the Volunteer Committee + Planning Your Season

14 pearls of wisdom from the top to help you introduce a horse to a narrow cross-country fence

Follow Your Role Models, Follow Your Dreams

Integrate Emotional Agility Into Your Riding

Catastrophic Injuries in Racehorses: Impact of Lameness, Medication, and Surgery

Saturday Video:

Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

My self is a bit eclectic. Photo by Abby Powell.

Today happens to be Library Shelfie Day, a day in which to honor your book collections by posting a “shelfie” – a picture of your bookshelf – on social media. If you’re reading this, I’d be pretty willing to bet that like me and probably like most equestrians, you have at least a portion of a bookshelf (if not several shelves or even entire bookcases) dedicated to horses.

My small collection is pretty eclectic, mirroring my riding background. I have a number of books about hooves because I’m a total nerd, a nine-year-old copy of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science which houses my undergraduate thesis (again, nerd – but very proud of it!), some equestrian nonfiction, and a number of tomes attempting to demystify the elusive fine art of dressage. Also, I have a book of photography by Viggo Mortensen (you know, of Hidalgo and Lord of the Rings fame) that I literally forgot all about until just now.

What does your collection say about you? Let us know in the comments!

National Holiday: Library Shelfie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award is back for 2019 and the tentative calendar of events at which it will be presented has been released. The award aims to reward juniors and adult amateurs that demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country riding technique and educate riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe cross-country riding. [Charles Owen Technical Merit Will Reward Safe Cross-Country Riding in 2019]

You know Wembly as the big gorgeous grey that brought Tamie Smith back to the four-star level after a nine year hiatus, but did you know that he has a special bucket or what it takes keep his coat gleaming white? [Behind The Stall Door With: Wembley]

Much has changed in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain in horses over the past decade. A recent publication compared a 2016 survey of French veterinarians to a 2006 survey from the same veterinarians and the findings suggest an increase in interest and awareness in equine back pain. [Back Pain in Horses: Then and Now]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

#footingfriday

Did you know? The surface you ride on daily truly impacts the health and well being of your horse. Does your footing pass the test? Here we have top competitors training with Silvio Mazzoni in Upperville, VA on an Attwood surface. Happy weekend! #attwoodequestriansurfaces #nohoofnohorse #horses #instahorse #horsesofinstagram #safety #performance #innovation #asanteequestrian #equestrian #horse #equine #equestrianlife #dressage #horseriding #pony #love #pferd #instahorse #horselove #horselover #photography #showjumping #horsephotography

Posted by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces on Friday, January 11, 2019

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Full Circle for Erika Wager

Eventually everything comes full circle. Horse racing is an addiction, once it’s in your system it’s a part of you that…

Posted by Erika Wager Paradressage on Thursday, January 10, 2019

On Friday, August 4th 2017 Erika Wager was breezing a racehorse when she suffered a tragic accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Prior to her accident, Erika had been working as an exercise rider and assistant trainer at Belmont Park, galloping up to 16 horses daily. Even though Erika lost the use of her core and legs, she didn’t lose her passion for horses or racing. She’s back in the barn doing everything she used to do around horses and has begun riding Para-Dressage. More recently, she has embarked on a journey to the 2019 Retired Racehorse Thoroughbred Makeover with the most perfect partner: 10-year-old Green Diamond Cat, one of the first horses she galloped and one of the first horses who earned her a win.

You can follow along with Erika and Green Diamond Cat’s journey to RRP 2019 on Erika’s Facebook page. If you find their story of second chances inspiring, take a look at these three Thoroughbreds looking for a second chance of their own:

Musical Spin. Photo via CANTER PA.

Musical Spin (MEDALLIST – HEAVENLY BALLAD, BY TWO PUNCH): 2012 15.3-hand Pennsylvania-bred mare

I know there are a lot of Two Punch fans out there, so here’s one for you! This little mare in a plain brown wrapper doesn’t look like much now, but she’s been a fierce competitor in the past and maybe a change of career will ignite her competitive edge again. Musical Spin was given a nice vacation on the farm last summer and just hasn’t had the same interest in racing since being brought back to the track. Her trainer says she’s a solid citizen around the barn and would love to find her nice home where she can hopefully demonstrate the jumping ability that her grand-sire is known to pass on.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Musical Spin on CANTER PA

Acharnement. Photo via CANTER CA.

Acharnement (INTO MISCHIEF – EMPRESSIVE LADY, BY EMPIRE MAKER): 2015 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred mare

She’s only 15.3hh, but you sure wouldn’t know it just by looking at that beautiful uphill build and proud neck. Acharnement hasn’t been making a name for herself as a racehorse, but this Empire Maker granddaughter and A.P. Indy great-granddaughter looks ready for another shot at a new sport. This filly is reported to be sound and CANTER volunteers observed nice clean legs and a very polite personality.

Located in Berkeley, California.

View Acharnement on CANTER CA. 

Redhot Cheerleader. Photo via CANTER PA.

Redhot Cheerleader (HAYNESFIELD – CHEER CHEER, BY LORD CARSON): 2014 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred mare

“Red” may very well have the talent to succeed as an eventer. Her jog video shows a nice reaching trot and her connections told the CANTER volunteers who did her photoshoot that she’s demonstrated some scope in the past as well by jumping out of her pasture with a five-foot fence … twice. Not only is she talented, but she’s clearly driven too so potential owners take note!

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Redhot Cheerleader on CANTER PA

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: 12 DIY Equestrian Life Hacks

We’ve seen a lot of #EventerProblems and #EventerSolutions here on EN, but there’s always room for a few more tips and tricks! Let’s meet Han, and Australian eventer and YouTube vlogger. She and her 9-year-old OTTB Fletch compete at the Equestrian Australia Preliminary level. Han has come up with 12 little tips and tricks to make your life around the barn a little easier.

Here’s what Han has to show us and where you can find them in the video:

  1. Get rubber bit guards over bit cheeks (1:13)
  2. Keep tall boots from sagging without boot trees (2:43)
  3. Quickly set specific jump heights (4:14)
  4. An alternative style of quick release knot (6:04)
  5. Neatly fold blankets so that they lay flat (8:31)
  6. Use a dressage whip as a sweat scraper (9:52)
  7. Add padding to a saddle rack to keep it from indenting your saddle (10:18)
  8. Open a bale of hay when you don’t have a pair of scissors (11:48)
  9. Tie your horse (or a hay bag) to anything safely (12:43)
  10. Easily thread a needle for sewing braids (14:09)
  11. Keep a hoof wrap on a horse in turnout(15:20)
  12. Equitation fixes for keeping your shoulders back, elbows in, and sitting without bouncing (16:49)

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Photo via Nupafeed USA on Facebook.

Those lucky enough to be out competing at Grand Oaks H.T. in Weirsdale, Florida have some really super swag to look forward to as prizes! I’m extra jealous this weekend because my region is bracing for what looks to be our first big pounding of snow this season. How is it that Massachusetts has had less snow than Virginia at this point in the season?

National Holiday: National Popcorn Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Saturday Links:

USDA Temporarily Closes Miami Animal Import Center To New Horse Arrivals

Groom Spotlight: Anne-Marie Duarte Is Living Her Pony Club Dream

Featured Clinician: Kim Severson

Laminitis Prevention: British Veterinarians Issue Alert to Prevent Spring Laminitis in Obese Horses

Want to Learn About Course Design? Attend the B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program!

A Better You Starts Here: 5 Tips From The Equestrian Businesswomen Summit

‘I Want To Save The World’: Love Her Or Hate Her, Papp Is Determined To Change Horse Racing For The Better

Punishment Or Encouragement? The Discussion We Must Have About Why We’re Whipping Our Horses

Saturday Video: Well, well – look who it is! EN’s own Jenni Autry was out and about at Grand Oaks this weekend. Please join the rest of the EN family in cheering Jenni on this season! #OneStarOrBust (ahem…CCI2*-L now, actually)

Nupafeed® is proud to be a small part of the success of Frankie Thieriot Stutes’ mount Chatwin, who was voted the 2018 EN Horse of the Year by the readers of Eventing Nation. Chatwin and Frankie won their last four events in a row ending with the USEF National Championships at the Fair Hill International CCI3* finishing on a score of 27.3, the lowest 3* score in North America in 2018. Frankie has been a long time customer of Nupafeed and we couldn’t be more excited for the success she has had with Chatwin!

Photo courtesy of Sherry Stewart.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist From Cosequin: Age Is Just a Number

Kevin Wynne an internet sensation

Kevin Wynne is what racing is all about. A 75yo Clerk of the Course, working his heart out to keep everyone out of harm's way…

Show some love for Kev and Woody. 🌟 http://bit.ly/2s1j3P4

Posted by Racing.com on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A few weeks ago we shared a video of a runaway filly at Cranbourne Turf Club in Victoria, Australia that quickly went viral amongst the horse-savvy internet population. Not only was the horsemanship of outrider Kevin Wynne and the effort of his mount seriously impressive, but learning that Kevin is a spry 75 years old made the feat all the more astounding.

The Australian website Racing.com which first uploaded the viral video has recently released a follow-up so that we can get to know Kevin and his pony, Woody, a little better. Kevin is proof that just because you get older, it does’t mean you have to slow down. In his own words: “I don’t know how you’re supposed to feel at 75, but I feel fit, happy and I’m still doing everything I’ve ever done quite easy.”

With that in mind, let’s use this week’s OTTB Wishlist presented by Cosequin to take a look at three slightly older OTTBs ready for a second career. Age is just a number, so sky’s the limit for these guys!

American Lion. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

American Lion (TIZNOW – STORM TIDE, BY STORM CAT): 2007 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Well, it’s not every week that we can say that we’re featuring a horse that ran in the Kentucky Derby. In fact, this is an OTTB Wishlist first! American Lion ran in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, which was won by Super Saver, and finished mid-pack. He went on to run two more races the following year before being retired to stand at stud at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky and later at River Oaks Farm in Oklahoma. He was offered for auction at the Keeneland sale last November and some of his former connections came together to buy him and ensure a soft landing for him. He was recently gelded before coming to New Vocations and can still act a bit studdish around mares. For that reason, he would be suitable for a confident and experienced person. Under saddle “Lion” truly feels like high caliber horse. His future is bright and his potential is unlimited. Plus, how neat would it be to see a former Derby contender at your local horse trials?

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View American Lion on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Forest Pike. Photo via CANTER PA.

Forest Pike (OLD FORESTER – GOLDEN PIKE, BY PIKEPASS): 2012 16.2-hand Ontario-bred mare

This 7-year-old is being offered at an absolute steal of $500! She has retired with no known issues or vices and has been racing consistently since 2015, with her most recent start being this past November so she is an eligible candidate for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover. Forest Pike has a nice strong athletic build including a strong shoulder and powerful hindquarters. Her race record can attest to her athleticism too, with over $123,000 earning in 45 career starts.  We’d absolutely love to see this good-looking girl who clearly has much more to offer in a start box someday!

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Forest Pike on CANTER PA.

Reggie D. Photo via CANTER PA.

Reggie D (STONESIDER – HEY BABA REBOB, BY MESOPOTAMIA): 2009 16.0-hand New York-bred gelding

They call him “Redhead Reggie”! With 83 starts, Reggie D has certainly earned war horse status. He’s been a good earner for his connections too, topping out at just over $200,000. Reggie’s trainer attests that he has a workmanlike attitude and is also a pleasure to ride and to have in the barn. With so many different experiences under his girth and and been-there-done-that confidence, it sounds like Reggie could be a really fun Thoroughbred Makeover prospect to bring along.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Reggie D on CANTER PA.

Monday Video Presented by Total Saddle Fit: Back at It in Ocala

Dang, it feels good to be listing the weekend action in our daily News & Notes and to be looking up recent footage from the weekend’s horse trials again! Many areas still have several months of winter to endure, but the 2019 USEA competition season is indeed officially underway. May as well live vicariously through those down south, eh?

David Frechette, otherwise known as TheHorsePesterer, was out in full force over the weekend doing his good works at Majestic Oaks Horse Trials in Ocala, Florida. In addition to a multitude of stadium rounds and XC clips, he also caught Cierra Daratony and Rio de Janeiro‘s entire cross country round.  Cierra and Rio de Janeiro, a 10-year-old Holsteiner X Thoroughbred, delivered the only double clear cross country round amongst their competitors to clinch the win in the Preliminary Rider division. Watch them fly over the Florida sawgrass!

Saturday Links Presented by Nupafeed USA

Top: Stark Direwolf, Lower Left: Lannister Lion, Lower Right: Targaryen Dragon. Photos by Mika Polniaszek.

“I clip and I know things” should perhaps be Mika Polniaszek’s new motto! Mika, a Game of Thrones fan and third year veterinary student at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine, kindly shared these photos of her impressive handiwork with us. Mika and her Thoroughbred Brego competed across Area VI from 2010 to 2015 through Training level until the gelding’s retirement from eventing. Brego remains an important part of Mika’s life as she pursues her studies and she has clearly been having some fun with his annual winter clip job! Anyone else participating in the #GameOfClipping? Let us know!

National Holiday: Kiss a Ginger Day (Chestnuts included!)

U.S. Weekend Action:

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Saturday Links:

We Are All Individuals

PODCAST: Safety First + Better Management for Better Results

Olympian Laura Graves’ valuable dressage lessons for jumper riders

4 Lessons From the Equestrian Businesswomen Summit

Dressage Schooling Notebook: An Exercise of Circles

‘Disagreement Among Doctors’ Has Comebacking Victor Espinoza In Holding Pattern

Poor Trailering Behavior in Horses: Risk Factors and Solutions

Saturday Video: Relive the excitement of Grand Oaks Inaugural Horse Trials in 2018 and get pumped for their next iteration next weekend!

Grand Oaks Inaugural Horse Trials

Grand Oaks Resort is pleased to present a video recap of our Inagural Horse Trials that took place January 19th-21st 2018!We look forward to seeing everyone back on property November 23rd-25th for our second Eventing Show, if not sooner.Tom Warriner Shelley Howerton Page Kacy Tipton-Fashik Marilyn Hunt Monica Lea Clayton Fredericks Tyson F Rementer Codie Fravel Phillips Buick GMC Scott Adcox Katie Reynolds 父 Wentz Joel Wiessner

Posted by The Grand Oaks Resort on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Nupafeed® is excited to be a sponsor of the Grand Oaks Horse Trials Jan. 18th -20th as well as the Landsafe Clinic to follow on the 21st and 22nd.  We look forward to seeing you there as a competitor, a volunteer or a spectator!

Photo courtesy of Nupafeed USA.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Bragging Rights

Everyone’s gotta have something to brag on their horse about … and we totally support that! Frankly, with OTTBs it’s easy to find something. Whether it’s their lineage, their earnings, their number of races — or even their lack of any of those things!

Here are three available OTTBs, each with their own bragging rights, ready and waiting to start their second careers:

Dawning Sky. Photo via CANTER PA.

Dawning Sky (SKY CONQUEROR – MARKET VALLEY, BY UNION PLACE): 2014 15.2-hand Saskatchewan-bred mare

Yes, you read that right: Saskatchewan-bred. You don’t come across that too often, so if you want a horse with a unique birthplace to brag about, you’ve got a prime option right here! Despite being a touch on the smaller size at 15.2hh, Dawning Sky is appropriate for a more experienced rider. She’s a mare full of personality and is a playful like, but also very much enjoys work. She’s recently been enjoying turnout at her owner’s farm since her last race a few weeks ago and her owner reports that’s been been doing quite well barefoot. Her jog video shows the a bit of her playful side, but also the potential for some really nice movement.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Dawning Sky on CANTER PA.

Duke of Viseu. Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Duke of Viseu (HENRYTHENAVIGATOR – ST. MICHELE, BY DEVIL’S BAG): 2010 16.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Duke of Viseu started racing as a four-year-old in 2014 and went on to race a total of 35 times until retiring in the fall of 2017. He started his career off with a second place finish in a maiden claiming race and followed it up with a win in his next race. After more than a year away from the track, “Duke” is ready to find a new career and appears to have no limitations. Duke’s bragging right comes from his impressive lineage: his sire, Henrythenavigator, is a winner of multiple Grade I races in Europe and ended his career with a second place finish in the 2008 Breeder’s Cup Classic for a grand total earnings of over $2.7 million.

Located in Indiana.

View Duke of Viseu on Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

Cowtownblue. Photo via CANTER PA.

Cowtownblue (COWTOWN CAT – BLUE RAGE, BY HORSE CHESTNUT (SAF)): 2013 16.0-hand Florida-bred gelding

When you have a horse that has captured the attention of multiple CANTER volunteers — people who see inordinate numbers of Thoroughbreds — like Cowtownblue can say he has, then you’ve got to pay attention. If you couldn’t tell from the picture, Cowtownblue has quite a personality and seems to want to be your instant best friend. His exercise rider can also attest that he’s a blast in the tack and has been his or her favorite ride of the day. Having last raced the day after Christmas, he’s a fabulous prospect for the Thoroughbred Makeover.

Located in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

View Cowtownblue on CANTER PA.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Mountain Biker vs. Eventer on Cross Country

Believe it or not, if you told a member of the general public that you simply “ride,” horses might not be the first thing they think of. After all, snowboarders and mountain bikers are riders too. So it turns out there is actually more than one way to ride a cross country course.

In a new promotional video for Lindores Farm in Fife, Scotland, YouTube mountain biking star Danny MacAskill and his Santa Cruz 5010 mountain bike go head-to-head against Advanced level rider Louisa Milne Home and her 7-year-old, 17-hand gelding Future Plans who has competed through Intermediate. Danny and Louisa face off over stone walls, roll-tops, banks and a keyhole, and while I bet you think Louisa and her horse are shoe-ins to win the race, you may be surprised by the speed and agility of Danny and his bike!

Saturday Links from Nupafeed USA

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Get ready to Go Eventing in sunny Florida – dates for Red Hills International Horse Trials have recently been announced! The annual event will be held March 7-10, 2019, underneath the picturesque Spanish moss at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. With three days of competition, tailgating, a shop-’til-you-drop vendor area and other exhibits, Red Hills is the perfect excuse for a warm weather getaway. Spectator tickets go on sale beginning January 14.

National Holiday: National Whipped Cream Day

Your Saturday Links:

Calling all Horses and Riders for the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium with Maxime Livio

New British Eventing rules force horses with repeat cross-country eliminations to step down a level

Make It Snappy: Exercises For Maintaining Energy At The Robert Dover Horsemastership Week

Stewart Tip of the Month: GPS for Your New Year’s Resolution

Unusual Tendon Injuries in Sport Horses

Saturday Video: It’s Saturday – go out and play!

If I’m ever a little down this monkey definitely knows how to cheer me up. TJ you legend! Happy Monday 😂 at RTC equestrian

Posted by Rachael T Connor on Monday, December 10, 2018